Bible Passage:John 17:11c
That they may be one, even as We are.
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Christ is here to be understood in this way: Christians are to be so intimately united as to be altogether one thing, and to remain one undivided body, even as He and the Father are "one." Between them there is not only the same mind and will, but their whole indivisible essence is the same. For if Christ is separated from the Father, one God can no longer exist, but a divided, separate, and distinct essence, though the union of the divine essence is much greater than that of the members in one body, and it is impossible for us to comprehend it. At the same time, Christ would also say: My Christians are to be one flock, that is, one whole undivided body. Although there is here an union different from that of nature, namely, a spiritual union. Still it is called being "one," because in it one cannot exist without the other, and if one part is taken away, it can no longer be called one thing, or "one." The body arising from this union is called Christianity, and a communion of the saints (not a mere sameness), in which all the saints or Christians are one multitude, and "body," and "lump." The Christian therefore has this confidence: He is certain that when the devil opposes and attacks him, it is not he alone that is attacked, a finger only, but the whole body at the same time; that is, all Christians throughout the whole world, and so God Himself and Christ.
Yet she (the Church) on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won;
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and holy,
On high may dwell with Thee,
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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